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In this YouTube video, Concetta uses a travel cage to explain how toys should be placed and why. Obviously, this little guy is having a ball. Click here for more photos and the rest of my story.
by Chris Cage
Concetta Ferragamo was invited to Sacramento in July The Bird Shop to launch a new line of toys designed to stimulate and entertain birds. Her presentation was one of the most useful seminars I have attended since I joined CCBS five years ago. I can't praise her presentation enough--it was smart with a heavy sprinkling of humor.
Her goal was to teach us how to keep our birds entertained. She has a degree in psychology and is a certified parrot behavior consultant through IAABC--the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Of course, the talk including a discussion about gaining and re-establishing trust between your bird and you. But the part that really excited me was the role redecorating your bird's cage can play in keeping your bird busy, healthy and happy.
No this isn't a ploy to get you to buy more toys. If you're like me, you have more toys than you have space to store them. Rather the emphasis is on the placement of the toys and the impact that has on your bird's sense of well-being.
I don't know who came up with the idea that bird toys should hang in the middle of a cage. But that's where everyone else put them and that's what I did.
Concetta rightfully points out that I wouldn't be happy if my bed hung from the ceiling in the middle of my bedroom, so why would a bird like having to run an obstacle course to get from one side of its cage to the other. Good Point! And that's how improving your bird's mood becomes a redecorating project. Instead, attach the toys to the walls/bars of its cage. Frankly, you know you have done a great job when you can barely see the bird for all the toys. Attach them with hooks. Stabilize medium to large toys with leather or plastic ties.
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